Hamilton brings the pain in Spain

Hamilton brings the pain in Spain

Hamilton beat team-mate Bottas to the chequered flag by over 20 seconds to extend his championship lead to 17 points, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen picked up his first podium of the season in third place.

The see-sawing battle for supremacy between Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team continues as the Formula One championship enters its European phase in Barcelona, where Hamilton leads a Mercedes lockout of the front row.

"It is definitely a great, great feeling and I think you could probably see from my energy when I got out the auto".

Even if one were to assume that two-stopping was Ferrari's strategy for Vettel's race, it wouldn't be too hard to think that they were more foolhardy than fearless.

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It should also be a good chance for Red Bull to bounce back after last race's disaster.

Shock: That so many drivers didn't set their fastest time on the super-soft tyre.

The team principal, Toto Wolff, stressed the importance of the race for Hamilton.

Vettel had pitted when the virtual safety vehicle was deployed to slow the field, something that had played in his favour at previous races.

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Behind the leading four, despite being fast and setting the fastest lap of the race, Daniel Ricciardo brought the second Red Bull home in fifth.

Sebastian Vettel's strategy of making a second pit stop under a Virtual Safety Car period failed to come to fruition, as he dropped from second to fourth.

Where Hamilton's victory in the previous race in Baku had required a huge element of luck as well as the misfortune of several of his rivals, in Spain the four-times world champion was dominant. "When Lewis was coming behind Max (Verstappen) he had a brand-new tire, Max had a tire that had done 27 laps, and it's just so hard to overtake here". On Friday Mercedes also looked like the faster vehicle over long runs, holding a 0.9s per lap advantage over Ferrari and 0.6s over Red Bull. Kevin Magnussen (Haas): +1 lap 7. Perez elbowed past Stroll for the last scoring position on lap 44, and the following lap, Bottas posted the first known sub-1:20 of the race, at 1:19.944. His finish helped Haas jump up to 6th place with 19 points, one ahead of Force India. But racing was immediately interrupted by the safety vehicle when Nico Hülkenberg and Pierre Gasly were collected by Romain Grosjean in the Haas who went off and spun back across the track through the third corner.

Both Hulkenberg and Gasly attempted to take evasive action, but neither got away from the scene of the crash unscathed, the Renault losing its rear-left corner and Gasly being collected head-on.

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After a "disappointing" start that saw him finish second, eighth and fourth in the first three races of the season, Hamilton got back to his winning ways at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix a couple of weeks ago.

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